Friday, 04 May 2012
Laws are designed to ensure that fairness is applied when disagreements occur, or in severe cases when someone is either injured or killed.
But I keep looking back at these laws, and what society dictates as what is right, and what is wrong.
Where did these laws come from, how did they come about, and what's to say that they are not right and in fact wrong?
Enter the plumbline.
It's a simple tool in construction used to check to see if something is 'plumb' - or perfectly upright.
Without this tool, construction of many buildings may be askew - slightly tilted - and not firmly planted.
Of course, if something is built a little off - it can have detrimental results. The plumbline, therefore, provides a standard of checks and ensures that things are in perfect balance and allignment.
The question I submit is that with all the laws we've had anywhere in the world - what do we compare those laws to to ensure that we are 'up to standard'?
If one was to look at the precepts of the various laws in many countries, you can compare them to the scriptures in the Bible to see if they are good... or not so good.
For the laws that coincide with biblical teachings - we find that having boundaries in proper areas create an atmosphere of peace and understanding.
For some laws, the Bible shows us that they bring about unfairness and unjust outcomes.
We can also find that in many instances we may feel that our intentions might be right - but the outcomes turn out to be negative, resulting in harm or more damage to society.
What does that mean? It means that the direction we were going weren't 'plumb' and didn't line up according to the recommended scripture approach - and therefore damage occurred.
Without a standard to compare what we are doing and going - where would we end up?